Santa Claus Pa­rade 2018, em­u­lat­ing Christ­mas movies

Seaway News - - NEWS - SHAWNA O’NEILL [email protected]

CORN­WALL, On­tario – The 2018 Corn­wall Santa Claus Pa­rade is set to kick off the hol­i­day sea­son on Satur­day, Nov. 17.

The pa­rade will start at 5 p.m. at St. Lawrence Sec­ondary School and make its way down Sec­ond St. all the way to Au­gus­tus St.

“The theme this year is Christ­mas movies,” ex­plained Terry Muir, pa­rade or­ga­nizer and Op­ti­mist Club Pres­i­dent. “I think it will be an in­ter­est­ing year. That’s a pretty wide-open topic—movies.”

Muir, who has been in­volved with the pa­rade and Corn­wall Ser­vice Club Coun­cil for as long as he can re­mem­ber, em­pha­sized that the pa­rade is funded by donors rather than the City. Due to the re­liance on lo­cal busi­ness in­volve­ment, the pa­rade has changed ac­cord­ingly over the years.

This year, Muir is ex­pect­ing 250 to 300 in­di­vid­u­als in­volved in the pa­rade and has been told that over 20,000 res­i­dents at­tend and watch the pro­ces­sion. Last year’s pa­rade theme was 150 years of Christ­mas.

Be­tween 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., res­i­dents can at­tend Break­fast with Santa at the Corn­wall Civic Com­plex with a do­na­tion fee. There will also be a Santa Street Hockey Chal­lenge on Mon­treal Rd.

“It typ­i­cally kicks off the Christ­mas sea­son,” said Muir. “Kids love it, no mat­ter what age they are...just watch­ing the smiles along the route is amaz­ing…es­pe­cially when Santa goes by.”

TC Me­dia file photo.

Zoe Lau­zon, 4, sits on Santa’s lap at the an­nual Break­fast with Santa.

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